The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its annual Student Concerto Competition to be held Saturday, April 30, 2022. Piano, strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 8-12 are invited to participate. The Concerto Competition is an excellent opportunity for young artists to develop solo music performance skills, and enhance their music performance portfolio. Competitors will perform one movement of an orchestral concerto or other orchestral work, not to exceed 10 minutes in length.
Applicants must be a member of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles or live within 50 miles of Dubuque, IA, and be enrolled in 8th -12th grades. First place winners are not eligible to enter the competition the following year. Applicants may perform as instrumental soloists or as part of a duet, trio, or quartet.
First Place winner will be awarded $500* and may be invited to perform their concerto movement with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra the following season under the direction of Maestro William Intriligator. Performances with the DSO typically take place on either the Summer Melodies or Arts Trek education concerts. The Second Place winner will be awarded $300* and may be invited to perform their concerto movement with the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra the following season. The Third Prize winner will be awarded $100* and may be asked to perform with the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra. An Honorable Mention certificate may also be awarded. (*Note that award amounts are per entry, and amounts will be distributed evenly to duets, trios, etc, that enter.)